Y7 – 11 Overview
Key Stage 3 -
At Dinnington High School, as in all our Trust schools, students follow a two year key stage three in Y7 and Y8 that is developing a range of skills and knowledge that they will find useful when the continue into the upper school. It is intended to engage them in their learning, and give them a breadth of experience. Near the end of Y8 they choose their options.
The Y7 Curriculum is:
English (5) Maths (4) Science (4) Integrated Learning* (5) French or Spanish (2) Art (1) Performing Arts (1) PE (2) Technology inc. ICT (1)
* Integrated Learning is taught by the same teacher. It takes the content of history, geography, RE and Life while concurrently developing literacy skills. Students are set in Integrated Learning so the most academically able students are stretched and started on the route to Russell Group universities while students who need more help and support are within a nurture group.
The Y8 Curriculum is:
English (4) Maths (4) Science (4) History (2) French or Spanish (2) Geography (2) Art (1) Performing Arts (1) PE (1) Technology (1) ICT (1) Life (1)
* The most able linguists take a second language in Y8, other students take ICT.
Key Stage 4 +
All students follow the core of English, maths, science, core PE and Life lessons. Of these students will get two English GCSEs (English language and English literature), one maths GCSE and at least two science GCSEs (students in the highest sets will take three separate GCSEs in biology, chemistry, physics). Core PE and Life lessons do not lead to qualifications.
Students also follow four option subjects, at least one of which must be chosen from history, geography, French or Spanish. If students stay on track with their core options, they will take all subjects until the end of Y11. If they are behind in their core options, we will talk to them about giving up one of their options in Y11 for extra lessons in English or maths.
English (5) Maths (5) Science (5) Option 1 (2) Option 2 (2) Option 3 (2) Option 4 (2) Life (1) PE (1)
In 2018, our options subjects include:
Art, business, childcare, engineering, French, geography, health and social care, history, ICT, media, performing arts, photography, sociology, Spanish, sport, design technology’